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Peace Corps in the Ukraine
PEACE CORPS OF THE UNITED STATES: In-Country Information for the Ukraine
PEACE CORPS OF THE UNITED STATES
Jaroslav I. Dutkewych - Peace Corps Director
Wayne Marshall - Deputy Director, Administrative Officer
Valerie Ibaan - Deputy Director - Programming and Training
Tamara Khokhlachova - Regional Manager/Lead Specialist - TEFL
Oleksandr Cherkas - Regional Manager/Lead Specialist - Environment
Angela Skopenko - Regional Manager – Acting Lead – Bus Development
Tetyana Gaiduk - Regional Manager
Oleg Smiychyk - Regional Manager
Zhanna Parkhomenko, Regional Manager
111-A Saksahanskoho St.,
Tel.: 220-1183; 220-6673; 220-5706; 220-1793
Peace Corps ’history in Ukraine began in May 1992. Ukraine’s President Leonid Kravchuk and U.S. President George Bush signed the first formal bi-lateral agreement by our countries, in Washington D.C., and the Peace Corps of the United States of America launched its program in Ukraine.
The Peace Corps of the United States of America is an independent and non-political agency of the Executive Branch of Government of the United States. Ukraine has asked Peace Corps/Ukraine for human resources and professional experience to help it enter the world of the free market system.
The Government of Ukraine has identified the National Agency for Development and European Integration of Ukraine with which Peace Corps/Ukraine plans the Peace Corps Volunteer assignment and initiatives in this country.
The Peace Corps mission is to facilitate the productive exchange of knowledge and expertise with individuals and organizations, on Western Business Practices, and develop English language skills, necessary for full participation in the community of nations. Currently 220 volunteers are working in 78 cities in every region of Ukraine, and over 60 additional Americans are anticipated to join the program in June and September, 1999.
Peace Corps/Ukraine has three primary initiatives… the Business Development Project, Teachers of English as a Foreign Language project (TEFL), and the Environment Protection Project.
Peace Corps/Ukraine has the opportunity to continue making an important contribution to the development of Ukraine during this social transformation period in its history. By improving the capacity of Ukraine to provide English education and transfer free market skills and business "know-how", Peace Corps Volunteers are increasing the capacity for communication and exchanges between Ukrainians and Americans. The PC/Ukraine staff and volunteers are collaborating and cooperating with various U.S. Government Agencies, the United Nations Development Agency, and non-government organizations in Ukraine to maximize the effectiveness of U.S. foreign technical assistance to this country, during this social and economic transformation period in Ukraine's history.
PC/U today is the most active and the most visible donor effort of assistance, with Peace Corps Volunteers serving in each region throughout Ukraine. PC/Ukraine will assesses the possibility of launching a fourth sector, a Health Services project in 1999/2000 and anticipated total projected PCVs in Ukraine to be with congressional budget approval, 300 in 2000.
Main Areas of Programmatic Interest
American volunteers who are serving for two years in Ukraine are working as:
- advisors on business development, marketing, budget and financial planning, management development, to municipal and provincial administrations; chambers of commerce; business associations; and teach business topics at management institutes; Lyceums and Universities;
- teachers of English language at secondary schools, Lyceums and Pedagogical Universities, Institutes, and Teacher Recertification Institutes;
- protected areas managers and sustainable community development specialists;
- environmental educators working on curricular and extracurricular agenda, and
- environmental non-governmental organizations' administrative and management specialists.
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